Electrical Recycling

WEEE directive symbol Electrical recycling is important to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Electrical recycling and WEEE directive

The government has introduced the WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), this has been put in place so that hazardous substances can be removed and other valuable metals and plastics can be recycled.

To find out more on how the WEEE directive effects households look at the fact sheet from the Environment Agency.

How to recycle your old electrical equipment.

Contact the original manufacturer or importer and ask them what their WEEE takeback policy is. They will either arrange to collect the product, or provide you with a certificate that will allow you to take it to your local civic amenity site.

When you are buying a replacement item, ask the retailer what their WEEE takeback policy is. They will either arrange to collect the product, accept the product back at their store or provide you with a certificate that will allow you to take it to your local civic amenity site.

To find your nearest civic amenity site, click here.

If your goods are in working order try selling them locally, donating them to a charity shop, or freecycle them.

Arrange for your local authority to take the equipment away, some authorities charge for this service.

Electrical and electronic equipment covered under WEEE should have a crossed out wheelie bin logo on it.

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Did you know?

In the UK 1.2 million tonnes of electrical waste is discarded, some of these items are still in working condition.

 
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